Hello, I’m suppose to have my baby shower at the banquet hall in three weeks but the government is shutting down all events for 30 days. I am already 7 and a half months pregnant and is unable to reschedule my event. Can the banquet hall keep my money even thought this is out of my control?
A: Before worrying about possibly losing your deposit, I suggest you call them and try to work with the venue and re-schedule the baby shower; they are going to be needing your business after the 30 day hiatus.
Marisa Portuondo agrees with this answer
A: I know this must be a very stressful time, I remember when I was waiting for my little one to arrive and can't imagine what you must be feeling right now. I'm sorry you have to deal with this during what should be a very happy time.
Bruce Minnick gave great advice, it is always best to work things out whenever possible. In order to provide an answer regarding your legal rights, any attorney would have to review the contract you entered into with the banquet hall. Congratulations on your baby!
Heather Marie Meglino agrees with this answer
A: I am so sorry for the stress you are going through. My cousin is in the same exact situation expecting her little one in May.
First I would read the contract and see if there are any outs you can find. Often look for a force majeure clause or something that talks about terminating the contract. Then I would definitely get on the phone with them. With a statewide 30 day stay at home order going into effect this week we are all in even a different situation than we were a few days ago. See if maybe they will settle for a much smaller cancellation fee.
Another creative option is if it doesn't look possible to have the shower there and they will not refund the money can the venue be used another date? Maybe a friend who is expecting could take it over, first birthday party, family member's birthday or milestone, etc. May have to get creative to repurpose it although I know preferred would be getting 100% of your money back.
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